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Are you more of hedonist or stoic in real life?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sunstone, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. Hedonist

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  2. Stoic

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  3. A balance between the two

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  4. Neither fits me

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  1. jewscout

    jewscout Religious Zionist

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    Very true Jeremiah...
    I feel the point is to show you can be a screw up but if you try hard to be a better person you can still be a righteous man...
    I like David...he was pimp!:D
     
  2. anders

    anders Well-Known Member

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    I still don't know what to vote. If "sensual pleasures" can be taken as including "suddenly realizing that you finally know how to use a certain grammatical feature in the language that you are studying", I'm firmly in the hedonist camp.

    I'm not exactly a submissive, but "a Stoic achieves happiness by submission to destiny", if interpreted as "being quite content to accept natural laws", clearly defines me as a stoic.
     
  3. Melody

    Melody Well-Known Member

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    Definitely somewhere in the middle for me.
     
  4. Circle_One

    Circle_One Well-Known Member

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    Hedonism does not result in purely sensual pleasure, as has been stated. It is the pursuit of all pleasures.

    Dictionary.com definition:

    1. Pursuit of or devotion to pleasure, especially to the pleasures of the senses.
    2. Philosophy. The ethical doctrine holding that only what is pleasant or has pleasant consequences is intrinsically good.

    3. Psychology. The doctrine holding that behavior is motivated by the desire for pleasure and the avoidance of pain.
     
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  6. jewscout

    jewscout Religious Zionist

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    something like that...what can i say...it's good to be the king:D

    I think David is an example of someone who mucks up and can still be considered a righteous man, giving hope to all us muck ups out there. I mean Noah was a drunk, Moses had a speach impedement and was very self conscious...most of the Torah figures have something wrong with them...i think it makes them more human...
     
  7. michel

    michel Administrator Emeritus
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    The computer (who is never wrong) says that a stoic is :-



    a member of the ancient Greek school of philosophy founded by Zeno; "a Stoic achieves happiness by submission to destiny"

    Doesn't 'submission to destiny' qualify that person to be an exestentialist?
    I don't think submission has been taken in the correct sense; surely here, we could replace submission with acceptance?:)
     
  8. lilithu

    lilithu The Devil's Advocate

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    Definately more of a Stoic... tho I'm not always good at it. :p
     
  9. Sava

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    Neither consistently, but both extremely.
     
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  10. croak

    croak Trickster

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    I think I'm in the middle...........................I do like having fun, but not 100% of the time.
     
  11. groovydancer88

    groovydancer88 Active Member

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    I think in a way, by the definition presented earlier on this thread, we're ALL hedonists to some extent. Seeking pleasure is what we are constantly doing, every second of our lives. Everything we do, we do because we WANT to. Even if it is an 'unselfish' act, even if it doesn't make us happy, it is the action that we will our bodies to do. In a sense, everything we do, we do to please ourselves.

    Technically speaking.

    That ignored, I don't do that much to seek pleasure for myself... I mostly try to make what happens to me pleasing, if that makes sense. So I'm kind of neither.
     
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